I'm not sure you can call the Serpent/Skyscraper scene coherent. My reasoning is as follows:
1. Our heroes slide from nearly the top floor down to just before the building bends before they fall back inside.
2. When they fall inside, they slide across white linoleum until one of them falls out the other side and alerts Shockwave to send his serpent up to get them. (coherent so far.)
3. The serpent starts squeezing the building at the bend point and our heroes start sliding in the opposite direction across blue/grey carpet. The building is still falling in the same direction. This is forgivable if it were a reverse shot, but where did the blue carpet come from?
4. When the serpent finally squeezes the building enough that it falls with the top landing on a near-by building (creating essentially a building bridge) our heroes fall out of the top of the now sideways building to land safely on the fire escape of the other building. If our heroes decided to go upstairs in a falling building this would explain the change in floor covering, but there is no reference made to them climbing crazy sideways stairs (at least 10 flights) in the 45 seconds it takes the serpent to cut the building in 1/2.
In the first four points above I consider physics and time to be the enemies of coherence. My next two points are based on my opinion of survival instincts and their effect on coherent action sequences.
5. If I'm on a crack special forces team & I want to get high up in a skyscraper to shoot at a target, in Chicago, why do I choose the only bent skyscraper?
6. When the serpent is climbing the building, there is a quick-cut to office workers (not our heroes, but extras so someone did this on purpose) ducking behind desks and fleeing for safety. Here's my thought. If decepticons took over my city the night before, I'm not coming into work today, especially if my building is bent! I am not thinking, "Yeah, Megatron is scary, but... those TPS reports aren't gonna file themselves."
I'm open to other coherent scenes if anyone finds them, but I don't remember any.
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Yes - great movie and Mel is a dynamic performer. Simply put, there is no one out there that has his presence and can make things work onscreen the way he does. Maybe I am projecting too much, but Mel really seems to want to better himself. The guy grew up in a screwy environment, he's an alcoholic and bipolar - lots of hurdles to try and overcome. None of his actions come across to me as someone who truly feels in his heart what he blurts out in times of distress.
Yes! This was a good movie! I hope it was therapudic and some what true to life for Gibson in the characters ability to return to his old self and pick up where he left off to grow. I always loved his movies, and he seems like such a nice (though lately troubled) guy, it's nice to see him back up and at it again, instead of going the Charlie Sheen route. To me those tapes and drunken statements represent a rough time in a private life I know damn little about, not an overall picture of a person. Always found it funny Hollywood damns Mel Gibson and "forgives" and even championizes Roman Polanski, whop drugged and raped a 13 year old girl, but I'll get off my soap box.
It's just nice to see Gibson seeming to rise above it. Lead the way man. And Jodie foster did a damned good job directing, wow. It was interesting, awakening and... fun, the way movies used to be.
Excellent review. Why this film (or anything Wright has done for that matter) gets respect from critics who should know better is beyond me. You really nailed the movie's core follies. Thanks.
No doubt the "bro" morality is deeply troubling.
The post-modern "it's all relative" has been replaced by "it's all relative as long as it benefits me". It's a very selfish ethic.
Amanda Seyfried can't hold a candle to Kristen Stewart, which will be adequately proven with this movie's receipts at the Box office. Btw, congrats on a review which is an outlier and therefore irrelevant.
We saw Barney's Version yesterday, at Kimball's. AWESOME story. I won't spoil it, but at the end of the movie a 30-year old mystery is solved. Pay attention to everything in the story and you will solve the mystery too. HIGHLY recommend this movie.
Justin Strout is not worthy of rating films, he's a MUSIC reviewer. Pay NO attention to what's stated above. Read his bio on Yahoo, he was an "office assistant" in Hollywood.
SEE THE MOVIE, it's well worth it, and Kimball's is always a great place to patronize.
So, why isn't this movie listed on their "showtimes" menu? When is it showing at the theater?
This is a wonderful opinion. The things mentioned are unanimous and needs to be appreciated by everyone.
What a moving, well-crafted story! We want to hear more from this writer. Sheri Lutz
Could someone please keep MaryAnn Johanson away from martial arts movies? Her contempt for even the concept of them and assumptions of over-testoneroned fans prevents a fair review of them as she casually consigns any and every one of them to the trashbin. See her Karate Kid review for an example of a very good movie that she barely watched and what she saw was jaded with her preconceptions.
Too harsh on the director. This is his best work so far, stylish and controlled. Of course, Watts and Penn are superb and both deserve to win the Oscar award for their performances here.
This movie has a 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and the Indy doesn't recommend it?? Seriously?
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Justin isn't even a serious singer. Now he is talking about being an actor? He used the term, "SERIOUS ACTOR"? Write a screenplay, Justin. Get a supporting role with more lines. Producers don't even want you to speak when you are starring in their commercials.
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Nine paragraphs to say I didn't like it? Must be paid by the word. Be honest, how many knew what a Dobro was, I'll confess I had to look it up. So, I guess I learned something in addition to the fact that the reviewer did not like the film. At least I think he didn't like it. There is nothing like clarity in the written word.
Someone's bitter, and didn't even pay to see it.
I saw Restrepo in a unique situation. I was at the theater with about 20 young men who were assigned to and fought at Restrepo. After speaking with them, I found that they were the one's that closed Restrepo in April of 2010. Watching this movie and hearing their comments and commentary during the movie was much more then just watching a documentary. They recognized and felt the emotions that the soldiers on the screen were feeling. They'd laugh at simple things that unless you were in the military at some point in your life, you probably wouldn't see the humor in it, and when a soldier died,,,well they were as quiet and somber as would be expected out of respect and the true feelings of losing a brother. Losing a member of your family hurts all of us, losing a brother in war hurts not only your person, but leaves a void in you that can only be held in, you each deal with it in your own way and on your own terms. No one can take that from you. No one. The movie gave people that will never see war a small glimpse into the war that no other movie has given. But just a small glimpse. What all these men, these brothers went through and are going through will never belong to anyone else but them. We owe allot to these young men and women serving now. Many sacrifices made on a daily basis go unheard and it's just part of the job. Whether you do or do not support this war, recognize that all our military is a volunteer military and these men and women answer the call on behalf of all of us. Many of your children will never have to go to war because there are those of us who have answered the call so they wouldn't have too. From a Veteran with two son's still serving and one in Afghanistan now. My respect to all who have served and are serving now.
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